Know the difference between Allergies and Anaphylaxis
We’re all too familiar with the traditional warnings of ‘may contain traces of…’ but what if we miss the signs? Follow our tips on how to spot the signs and symptoms.
Allergies vs Anaphylaxis
Allergies are a reaction to foreign substances that our body deems harmful even if the substance does not contain any dangerous elements. The body then goes into fight mode and tries to reject the substance which causes the onset of signs and symptoms such as hives, nasal congestion, itchy eyes and much more.
Anaphylaxis is a severe case of an allergic reaction, not everyone who suffers from allergic diseases will suffer an anaphylactic episode. Once you are diagnosed by your doctor as anaphylactic you will be prescribed an adrenaline auto-injector (EpiPen) to counteract an anaphylactic response.
Signs & Symptoms
An allergic reaction can range from mild to severe depending on the exposure to the trigger and the sufferer’s tolerance levels. The difference between a mild to moderate allergic reaction and a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) can be distinguished by the following signs and symptoms:
|Mild To Moderate Allergic Reaction
|Severe Allergic Reaction (Anaphylaxis)
|Tingling and itchiness of the mouth and throat
|Loud and difficulty breathing
|Swollen lips, eyes and face
|Wheezing and persistent cough
|Hives, rash, itchiness on the body
|Fear and anxiety
|Vomiting or abdominal pain
|Sneezing, runny nose
|Difficulty talking and croaky voice
|Swelling in the throat and tongue
|Pain and tightness in the chest
|Children may become pale and floppy
|Loss of strength or consciousness